I was born in the south of Russia, but when I was 4 years old, my mother and sister moved to a small town in Siberia, where I lived until I was 19 years old. When I turned 19, I was invited to take part in a show “Top Model of Russia”, where I eventually took third place.


Part of the show took place in Miami, where during filming I met the Wilhelmina modeling agency. They wanted to sign a contract with me, but at that time I knew nothing about the modeling business and, scared, refused. Once in Russia, the director of a regional modeling agency met me and she convinced me to try the modeling business. We signed the contract, did snaps, and a month later I went on a three-month contract to Tokyo with the Stage Models agency, where I worked on the Uniqlo campaign and many other works.